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Mining Hardship for Prosperity

The Appalachian Regional Commission, Southern Research and a team of college interns assist small businesses in four counties hit by a coal mining slump.

Family Dinner on Demand

Nourishing, handmade meals that bring the family back together for dinner, delivered in 38 states from a kitchen in Birmingham. Two veterans of the fiercely competitive food industry fulfilled this improbable business plan in only four years.

Surviving and Thriving in Dog-Eat-Dog E-Commerce

Veterinary Internet ships vet supplies to 38 states and four continents, makes swift adaptations in IT, inventory and marketplaces, and stays a nip ahead of Amazon.

Meet the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Award Winners

Now entering its sixth year, the Top 25 program is a sought-after recognition for UAB alumni worldwide.

Chef Missy Mercer

Explore two of Alabama’s best restaurants, you find a chef/owner who was the only female on the hot line at Spago, a master baker and a mother of twins with a degree in finance from Auburn.

Trailblazer of U.S. Shrimp Farming

Aquaculturist David Teichert-Coddington worked out a formula for inland shrimp farming. Just as tough was coming up with a marketing formula, which now includes local restaurants, Whole Foods and Western Supermarkets.

Woman Dominant Mosquito Busters

Gail Yongue of Daphne became her own boss when she transitioned from health care to pest control management.

Lightning Swift Jackpot Cashout

Four years from launch to cashout, Shipt’s $550 million sale to Target is a new high for Alabama startups and a beacon for Birmingham’s emerging community of business innovators.

Nutrition Liberation

Stacey Schlaman’s search for food to fit her daughter’s autoimmune diagnosis led to a thriving new enterprise now stocking the shelves of Whole Foods and Earth Fare.

What the World Needs is a Good, Algorithm-Fired Cigar

CigarClub.com recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, a startup online subscription service sparked by Baltimore native Jeff Zeiders, and Chris Yokley, of Mobile.

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Transforming Old Wood into New Business

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